Buffalo Roasted Turkey

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Buffalo Roasted TurkeySpice up your Thanksgiving menu with Buffalo Roasted Turkey. Paired with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes, this combo takes two classic pairings and creates a whole new level of Thanksgiving flavor.

Buffalo Roasted Turkey

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 12-14 servings

Serving Size: about 3 ounces turkey meat

Buffalo Roasted Turkey


  • One 12 to 14-pound turkey, giblets and neck removed; bird rinsed and patted dry, at room temperature
  • 12 tablespoons butter, softened
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Aromatics such as onion quarters, celery stalks, carrots, fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme or parsley
  • 1 cup hot sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot)


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F. Place turkey (breast side up) on rack placed inside roasting pan. Pry your fingers in between skin and meat of turkey and work 3 tablespoons butter under skin on breast and legs. Rub 1 additional tablespoon butter on outside of skin. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Tuck wing tips under body and stuff cavity of turkey with aromatics if desired. Tie legs together with kitchen twine.
  2. Place turkey into oven and pour 1 1/2 cups water into roasting pan. Roast for 30 minutes. Lower heat to 350°F and roast for 30 more minutes.Butter 1 large piece of aluminum foil with and tent turkey breast, butter side down. Rotate turkey and baste with juice in pan every 30 minutes, or for about 1 hour.
  3. Melt remaining 8 tablespoons butter in small sauté pan and whisk in hot sauce. Use large spoon to baste turkey liberally with sauce and roast for another 30 minutes. Baste again and return to oven for 30 minutes or until instant read thermometer reads 180°F when inserted into inner thigh and 170°F when inserted into breast.
  4. Total cooking time should be about 3 hours.
  5. Transfer to carving board and tent loosely with foil for 30 minutes before carving. Serve with additional sauce if desired.

Buffalo Roasted Turkey

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